With Dean Heller’s Support, ENDA Will Pass the Senate

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Elahe Izad
Nov. 4, 2013, 4:31 a.m.

Sen. Dean Heller, R-Nev., has thrown his sup­port be­hind the Em­ploy­ment Non-Dis­crim­in­a­tion Act, en­sur­ing its Sen­ate pas­sage.

Last week, the re­main­ing three Demo­crat­ic hol­d­outs an­nounced their back­ing of the bill, which bans work­place dis­crim­in­a­tion based on gender iden­tity and sexu­al ori­ent­a­tion. A clo­ture vote could come as early as Monday.

Heller is now one of five ex­pec­ted Re­pub­lic­an votes for this bill. The oth­ers are Sens. Susan Collins of Maine, Or­rin Hatch of Utah, Mark Kirk of Illinois, and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska.

In a state­ment, Heller said:

“After listen­ing to Nevadans’ con­cerns about this is­sue from a vari­ety of view­points and after nu­mer­ous con­ver­sa­tions with my col­leagues, I feel that sup­port­ing this le­gis­la­tion is the right thing to do. Un­der the lead­er­ship of this Gov­ernor, as well as the le­gis­lature over the past sev­er­al years, Nevada has es­tab­lished a sol­id found­a­tion of anti-dis­crim­in­a­tion laws. This le­gis­la­tion raises the fed­er­al stand­ards to match what we have come to ex­pect in Nevada, which is that dis­crim­in­a­tion must not be tol­er­ated un­der any cir­cum­stance.”

The bill has far less chance of suc­cess in the House. On Monday morn­ing, a spokes­man for Speak­er John Boehner said that the speak­er would not sup­port the bill, be­liev­ing it to be “frivol­ous.”


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